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  • What is ILEA?
    ILEA stands for the International Live Events Association. ILEA is the principal community representing creative event professionals, globally.
  • Who runs ILEA?
    ILEA Charlotte is governed by a local Board of Directors that is nominated and elected by the chapter. At the international level, ILEA is run by a Board of Governors and a full-time management team. The chapter and international boards are volunteer positions.
  • Does ILEA offer any type of certification?
    Yes, the Certified Special Events Professional or CSEP designation. The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry, and reflects a commitment to professional conduct and ethics. For more information click here.
  • How do I stay in the know?
    Sign up for our chapter emails as well as our international newsletter, Backstage Chatter.
  • What is the SEARCH Foundation?
    Founded in 1997, the SEARCH Foundation supports special event industry professionals in times of crisis through fundraising, volunteer services and donations. To learn more about the foundation, click here.
  • How do I join ILEA?
    The easiest and fastest way to join ILEA is online at Your membership will be immediately activated and will be valid for 12 months. If you have any questions, please reach out to our VP of Membership, Katie Kathman.
  • If I join the Charlotte Chapter am I also a member of the International Chapter?
    Yes, when you join a local chapter, you also become a member of the international organization.
  • How do I renew my membership?
    To renew, please click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to our VP of Membership, Katie Kathman.
  • How do I get the most out of membership?
    Attend programs Network locally and amongst other ILEA Chapters internationally Volunteer Join a committee Sponsor a program Attend regional and/or national conferences and events Enter the Esprit Awards Become certified via the CSEP designation and there are many more ways! Please reach out to our VP of Membership, Katie Kathman to learn how.
  • I am a member, how do I make changes to my member profile?
    If you are a new member or have never logged into the International Website, you will use the membership number listed on your ILEA ID; and your password is welcome. However, once you change your password after your first log-in; you will need to retain it for your reference and future entry to the site. If you don’t remember your username or password click here.
  • If I change companies, what happens with my ILEA membership?
    Memberships are for an individual and not a company. If you were to switch companies part way through your membership, your membership will follow you. You will need to update your contact information on the ILEA International website by logging into your profile. Also, please inform our chapter VP of Membership, Katie Kathman so we can ensure we have your updated information.
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